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Academic Update

Volume 8, Issue 6
January 25, 2018

SBMI Hosts Second Annual Health Technology and Policy Speaker Series

Dr. Walter SuarezOn Feb. 13th, SBMI will host the second annual Health Technology & Policy Speaker Series sponsored by Vorys. This year, SBMI will host Walter Suarez, M.D., M.P.H., from Kaiser Permanente International. Dr. Suarez is among the nation’s leading health services researchers and is a thought-leader in health informatics and policy. Dr. Suarez will speak on moving U.S. Health Care Beyond EHRs, Meaningful Use, and Interoperability.

The seminar is open to the public and will take place in the IMM Auditorium (1825 Pressler Street, 77030) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served and we hope all from the SBMI Community can attend.

Click here to register.

Spring Semester at SBMI

We hope everyone had a lovely and healthy holiday season. We want to welcome back all returning SBMI students. To all new SBMI students, we are very happy to have you join the SBMI community here at UTHealth. We are looking forward to a successful spring semester.

Now that the semester has started, we want to remind all students to submit their updated, yearly degree or program plans if it has not been completed recently. Please work with your academic advisor to complete the plan and if you have questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591 or [email protected] for assistance.

Distance Education Announcements & Reminders for Spring 2018

The spring 2018 semester started on Jan. 8, 2018 and class add/drop via MyUTH ended Jan. 24. Please refer to the academic calendar for other important dates as well as events including local conferences and TMC Library workshops. Courses offered this semester as well as classroom information can be found on the semester schedule page.

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Students are enrolled in a Canvas course automatically after registering on MyUTH. However, it may take up to 24 hours for a course to appear in your “Courses” list in Canvas. If courses are missing from your Canvas course list 24 hours after adding it in MyUTH, please contact [email protected].

Many of our Canvas courses are sharing instructional videos such as lecture recordings through Panopto; a Canvas plugin that allows students and faculty to record, store and share videos. If you are trying to view a Panopto video in a course but are prompted to request access, all you need to do is click on the “Panopto Recordings” link in the left navigation once to activate your access to all videos in that course.

Please refer to the pages below for the most up-to-date information on software and resources available to SBMI students and faculty.

Spring 2018 Scholarship Recipients

SBMI would like to congratulate our recent scholarship winners for spring 2018. We thank all students who applied, as well. These are the recipients:

Neuosoft Certificate Scholarship

  • Elisabeth Becker – Certificate Student
  • Evan Cohen – Certificate Student
  • Bejier Edwards – Certificate student
  • Garrett Hall – Certificate student

James T. Willerson Endowed Scholarship

  • Scott Malec – Ph.D. Student

SBMI Scholarship Excellence Fund

  • Maryam Garza – Ph.D. Student

Doris Ross Scholarship

  • Olanrewaju Ikpeekha – M.S. Student
  • Sreedevi Nair – M.S. Student
  • Deep Pujara – M.S. Student
  • Michael Roa – M.S. Student

SBMI’s Student Governance Organization (SGO) also awarded SBMI Student Governance Scholarships this spring and those recipients are:

  • Johnny Bender – Dual Degree M.S. Student
  • Daniel Enwere – M. S. Student
  • Danilo Pena – M.S. Student

UCT Office Hours for Liaison Librarians from TMC Library

TMC LibraryAmy Taylor and Travis Holder are the liaison librarians for SBMI at the TMC Library. Beginning Tuesday January 30th, they will hold office hours every Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at UCT Room 1410.

Students and faculty are welcome to set up an appointment or just meet with them on a walk-in basis.  Amy and Travis can also meet with SBMI users online via GoToMeeting.

Students and faculty will find Amy and Travis’s expertise handy when conducting library research. Whether you are just looking for a full text journal article or trying to scour research databases for a systematic review, our librarians are here to help. Below are their brief bios: 

  • Amy Taylor is the UTHealth liaison librarian for the Texas Medical Center library. She has previously been the reference and instruction librarian for the UT School of Public Health, and has also worked in public libraries, large academic libraries, community college libraries, and an archival special collection. Amy enjoys creating searches and helping others to meet their research goals. Contact Amy at 713.799.7184 or [email protected].
  • Travis has been working in libraries since 2010. He enjoys research and helping others to find the information they need. His areas of interest are database searching, ethics and scholarly communications. You can reach Travis at 713-799-7166 or [email protected].

SBMI Bragging Points

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments and we want to recognize them and applaud their accomplishments.

  • Associate Professor & Alumna Juliana Brixey, Ph.D., MPH, RN had an abstract accepted for the 4th Biennial STTI European Conference late last year. The conference will take place in Cambridge over the summer and Dr. Brixey, along with four co-authors, will present an oral paper.
  • Professor Dean Sittig, Ph.D. was interviewed for a Healio news story earlier this month.

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

Several SBMI faculty and staff members will be traveling in the coming months to visit universities and attend conventions to promote our degree programs. We invite any prospective students or alumni in the area to visit us during these events.

SBMI Recruitment


Save the Date

Jan. 31 Using the Literature to Deconfound Observational Clinical Data – Scott Malec
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
Feb. 7 Using Pop Health Platform – Amanda Hammel
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
Feb. 13 Update on UT Physicians Informatics – Ryan Walsh, M.D.
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
Feb. 14 SBMI Health Technology and Policy Speaker Seminar
Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building (IMM) (1825 Pressler St.)
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Important Dates

Jan. 24 Add/Drop ends in myUTH for students already registered
Feb. 4 Late tuition payment fees are due
Feb. 19 President's Day - university is closed
Mar. 2 Last day to drop courses & receive grade of WP or WF (May impact GPA)
Mar. 12 - 16 Spring Break – no classes will be held

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